Computer Science

The four winners of the MacArthur Genius Grant 2017.
Urban Design Program Director Kate Orff and Adjunct Damon Rich at our Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, each won a 2017 MacArthur Foundation "Genius" grant for their innovative work in urban design. Musician Tyshawn Sorey (GSAS’17) and Computer Scientist Regina Barzilay (ENG’03), both Columbia alumni, were also named MacArthur Fellows.

Digital technology is about to add big data to the bird enthusiast’s traditional tools of binoculars and a field guide.

Digital technology is about to add big data to the bird enthusiast’s traditional tools of binoculars and a field guide.

In recent years, human interactions with intelligent machines and software have become increasingly commonplace.

(Editor's note: This story was originally published on November 4, 2009. Shree Nayar's Bigshot digital camera is now available and the video has been updated.)

Shree Nayar has dedicated much of his computer science career to improving the way cameras take pictures. Four years ago, he decided to move in a new direction: to design a camera that could improve the way children learn about science and one another. 

Joseph Traub (GSAS'59) was honored for his contributions to computer science.

When Joseph Traub joined Columbia’s Engineering School in 1979, it had a single computer, only three tenured faculty members teaching computer science and huge demand for the classes—but no computer science department.

Maybe you have heard of robots that can fly. But how about a robot that is able to learn through its own experiences to drive itself to the airport?

Kathleen McKeown
Henry and Gertrude Rothschild Professor of Computer Science

Q. Tell us about your project and how it relates to the election.

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